The aim of the program is to encourage community members of Punta Allen, situated within the UNESCO Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, to participate in setting up and running a recycling centre, so it becomes an example to the rest of the region.
The grass roots initiative, Punta Allen Verde, aims to assist the community to start a recycling program within the Biosphere Reserve on the Meso-American Barrier Reef. Community members wish to create and build a recycling centre where the recyclable waste can be temporarily stored once separated.
The project will build the recycling centre and then set up workshops in town and place containers in the town and school. The reason for the program and separation techniques will be explained. The program will initially focus on children in the village and then women's groups and co -ops.
All the plastic, metal and glass collected will be sold, thus gaining revenue to fund and maintain the recycling centre.
This project will ensure the community of Punta Allen keeps being a model of sustainable development. First it was it's sustainable fishing, now dealing with solid waste help us to support them. - Daniel Ponce Taylor, GVI Regional Director
Total Funding Received to Date: $9,821
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,179
Total Funding Goal: $15,000